The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools in respect of children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. As from 2012-13 this will also include students eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit to "close the gap" between children from disadvantaged circumstances and those above the low-income threshold, it is not linked to a specific child, but is to be used for overall impact. However, we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support students from low-income families.
In 2016/17 we spent funding on:
In 2016/17 we continued to build on a successful model of 2015/16. We had identified that a large proportion of our PP students accessed our School Counsellor and wellbeing facilities on a regular basis. We, therefore, continue to use a proportion of PP funding to maintain the wellbeing team in order to support vulnerable students' medical, social and emotional needs, to ensure improved attendance and learning.
We continue to support educational visits; individual support for resources and revision aids, and funding for GCSE Pod - an online resource to support examination preparation for Key Stage 4.
In 2017/18 we spent funding on:
A similar pattern was maintained during 2017/18, including some funding to cover the cost of PP students in Year 9 and Year 10 to undertake the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Something that the school values to broaden the experience of our students and introduce them to new challenges.
In 2018/19 we will spend funding on:
The resources and activities that PP funding is used for will not change significantly in 2018/19. We aim to improve our communication with parents of PP students, giving them a clear plan of which activities will be funded for their daughter. A new policy will be produced for the website, and every communication to parents regarding a new trip or activity will clearly state the PP commitment. We hope this will help to support parents in knowing exactly where there is a funding expectation from them.